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Director of the UWA Oceans Institute, The University of Western Australia

Erika Techera is an international and comparative environmental lawyer with a focus on oceans governance. Her current research focuses on rigs-to-reefs law and policy, international governance of marine megafauna, frameworks for monitoring and enforcement of IUU fishing, marine protected area management, Indo-Pacific marine environmental law and the safeguarding of intangible heritage. She has received funding from the Australian Research Council.


  • 2012–present
    Professor of Law, University of Western Australia
  • 2016–present
    Director, UWA Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia
  • 2013–2016
    Dean of Law, University of Western Australia


  • 2009 
    Macquarie University, PhD
  • 2007 
    Macquarie University, LLM (Int Env Law)
  • 2005 
    Macquarie University, M Env Law
  • 1994 
    University of Technology, Sydney, LLB (Hons), Grad Cert Leg Practice


  • 2017
    International Law of Sharks: Options, Opportunities and Obstacles, Brill
  • 2017
    Overcoming complexity in illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing to achieve effective regulatory pluralism, Marine Policy
  • 2017
    Engineering and legal considerations for decommissioning of offshore oil and gas infrastructure in Australia, Ocean Engineering
  • 2012
    Marine Environmental Governance: from international law to local pracitce, Routledge

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Unconventional responses to maritime crime
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    The University of Western Australia
  • 2013
    Improving the Global Governance of Sharks: Obstacles, Options and Opportunities
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2013
    Enhancing Legal Frameworks in the Indian Ocean
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    University of Western Australia

Professional Memberships

  • International Bar Association
  • Law Society
  • Law Council of Australia

Research Areas

  • Law And Legal Studies (18)
  • International Law (Excl. International Trade Law) (180116)
  • Environmental And Natural Resources Law (180111)


Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law; 2016 Lawyers Weekly Academic of the Year